Joseph A. DeFazio
Executive Vice President
As Wendel’s Executive Vice President, Joe is responsible for the growth of Wendel’s energy and construction businesses as well as the company’s expansion nationally.
Clients appreciate Joe’s ability to listen and understand their needs and objectives before suggesting solutions. Joe is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed contractor. This background benefits our clients in that he can recommend engineered solutions and develop construction strategies that are tailored to accomplish the goals of his clients.
Joe’s entire career has been focused on improving efficiency and delivering “turnkey” projects. Joe has developed many of the energy efficiency and construction processes that Wendel uses to consistently deliver high quality projects. In addition, Joe is one of our Board of Directors. In this capacity he is intimately involved in our corporate governance and provides strategic guidance as our company continues to grow.
Get to know Joe…
What fundamental business lessons have you learned from your experience as an engineer?
Clear and frequent communication is the key to a successful business relationship.
What is it about the energy engineering field that first drew your interest?
The fact that we can repurpose money in our clients existing utility budgets and use it to improve their buildings/infrastructure is still a terrific concept. The associated greenhouse gas emission reductions that result makes it all the more satisfying. It feels great to know that the work we do really does make a difference in our environment.
Most memorable Wendel moment?
The most memorable moment for me was when I was asked to become a partner. I am so honored and proud to be part of the 75 year history of our company. The current (third generation) leadership is focused on the next 75 years. I think I will be just as proud when the fourth generation of leaders assume control and continue our tradition of excellent work.